Daughter with Stuffed Dolphin

Did My Daughter Get A Dog Or Dismiss Santa As A Demented Pagan Fantasy Based Loosely On A Greek Saint From Modern-Day Turkey?

If you followed my blog or Facebook book page in December, you’ll recall the “I want a puppy” dilemma. Recap: The only thing my daughter wanted for Christmas was a puppy, and she’s pretty hardcore when it comes to believing in things so I worried we’d have:

“I asked Santa for puppy.”
“I didn’t get it.”
“Santa must not exist.”

Which is exactly why she doesn’t wish on stars anymore.

As Christmas neared, matters went from bad to worse as she handed me her letter to Santa:

4 year old Santa List

A dog, a cat and a dolphin? WE’RE DOOMED!

Me: “A real dolphin might be difficult to take care of, sweetie.”

Her: “Mom, don’t be ridiculous. I don’t want a real dolphin. We don’t even have a swimming pool for it to live in!”

Wait a second. Was this an opening to save Christmas? She wanted a stuffed dolphin (duh mom!). Perhaps, we could pull off the stuffed dogs for a real dog if we did it right.

We went to Pet Smart and bought an indoor dog house to fill with stuffed puppies. Next, we scoured Toys ‘R’ Us and Hallmark to find puppies who barked, read books, and were just the softest animals we could find. We came home with Pugs and Chocolate Labs and Doberman Pinschers and more to fill the door of the dog house. I also wrote a note from Santa explaining that the Iwashyna Inn was full, but he hoped she enjoyed these stuffed puppies.

We wrapped everything up and waited until morning with fear and anticipation.

Present Wrapped
There it is. All wrapped up and waiting for excited hands!

She found the dolphin first.

Daughter with Stuffed Dolphin
I love it!

Well, that went well, but I already knew that’s what she wanted. So what about the dog house?

She adored it and never questioned Santa’s decision. I was so relieved I forgot to take a photo, but she spent most of Christmas morning sitting inside of the house surrounded by stuffed puppies and smiling.

Her Stuffed Dog Collection
Later on, N with all Christmas dogs getting along nicely with the older dogs.

So I think we’re all good — at least until her birthday in April.

Alex Iwashyna

Alex Iwashyna went from a B.A. in philosophy to an M.D. to a SAHM, poet and writer by 30. She spends most of her writing time on LateEnough.com, a humor blog (except when it's serious) about her husband fighting zombies, awkward attempts at friendship, and dancing like everyone is watching. She also has a soft spot for culture, politics, and rude Southern people who offend her Yankee sensibilities. She parents 2 elementary-aged children, 1 foster baby, 3 cats, and 1 puppy, who are all Southern but not rude. Yet.

14 thoughts to “Did My Daughter Get A Dog Or Dismiss Santa As A Demented Pagan Fantasy Based Loosely On A Greek Saint From Modern-Day Turkey?”

  1. My 5yo daughter is obsessed with stuffies. You can buy her the most elaborate, expensive, crazy gift and if she happens to get a stuffed animal as well? Well, THAT will be her favorite gift. I swear, I live in one of those claw machines you see at stores. I am drowning in stuffies.

    Glad N loved her new puppies 🙂

    1. They would get along so well! My daughter is disappointed when she doesn’t get a stuffy (or as she calls it “stuftie”) no matter what else she gets, too. She’ll be drowning soon — I mean those were just her dogs!

  2. Dude I had the best pic of all the puppies in their house from before you wrapped it but I deleted it because I was scared the kids would see it!

    1. Oh no! I’m so bummed because I have no photos of it before or when she saw it — Although maybe not taking photos when she saw it is a good sign because I was in the moment with her? That’s what I tell myself!

  3. I love all of those puppies and that one dolphin right in the middle. One of these things is not like the other….

    Mom & Dad 1
    Pagan Greek Saint 0

    I’m not even sure that makes sense. Maybe I should just go with this: The Iwashyna Family Christmas Save! She looks totally happy.

  4. Oh my goodness, she’s so adorable. Good call. If you’re looking for more puppies for the Iwashyna Inn, Zoe really likes the FurReal Friends. I found one that looks just like our SamDog, and she loves him to death.

  5. Thank goodness!! I’m so glad it worked out and the magic of Santa lives on in your house! I was a huge stuffed animal fan as a kid, too. I still remember the Christmas I got Pound Puppies. That totally renewed my faith in Santa for a few years because I hadn’t told anyone I wanted them (not my parents, not the mall Santa) but Santa knew my heart’s secret desire!

    1. OK, by Pound Puppies, I meant I don’t remember the brand but it was a mama puppy with tiny baby puppies that you could pull out of her velcro stomach/womb cavity. And the number of puppies you would get varied and was a surprise until you opened the box. IT WAS THE BEST STUFFED PUPPY/PUPPIES EVER. (Clearly, N is not the only one too into stuffed puppies.)

      1. OMG a pregnant dog that you get to birth??? That’s amazing. I also love that your parents got that for you. I wonder if it still exists because I agree that I don’t think it’s a Pound Puppy…

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